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Catalytic Converter Thefts

Alert message sent 10/11/2020 09:32:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


We are experiencing a rise in thefts of catalytic converters. This crime trend is taking place at all hours of the day, frequently in broad daylight, and at a variety of locations.

Catalytic converters are designed to remove toxins from vehicle emissions. The devices contain small amounts of three precious metals: platinum, palladium and rhodium. In recent years, the price of these metals has soared to record levels, which means that catalytic converters can provide a substantial return to a thief for just a few minutes work.

Analysis from the start of this year in Chiltern & South Bucks showed that the following makes were particularly being targeted; Honda, Toyota, Lexus and Mitsubishi. Transit/Sprinter vans and other vehicles with high clearance are especially vulnerable.

Advice for vehicle owners
• Where possible, park in your garage
• Alternatively, park in a location that restricts access underneath your vehicle
• Consider the installation of CCTV to protect your vehicle or parking where CCTV captures your vehicle
• Consider security lighting
• Install a Cat Converter anti-theft bracket
• If your catalytic converter is ‘bolt on,’ you can have the bolts welded shut
• Identify/etch your converter with a unique serial number (see Retainagroup) and advertise that the vehicle has been protected (window stickers)

If you see something suspicious call it in. Keep those eyes peeled.

PS 3675 Darren Walsh
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Darren Walsh (Police, Sgt, Amersham)

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